Your alarm goes off at 6 am. You manage to hit the snooze button for 5 more minutes of divine sleep and roll out of bed, get dressed and try to eat something before you hit the ground running. You get to work by any means you can, (stopping to grab your coffee on the way), find your way to your super BOSS cubicle, turn on your laptop and proceed to stare blankly at the screen of 50 emails you haven’t read, while you think to yourself, “What am I doing here? What am I doing with my life? How did I get to this place of grown-up responsibility when I still feel like a teen and what am I going to do when I grow up?”
Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the voice of daily life,but in your head, your “real” self is actually an Olympic skier, the hottest environmental product designer in the world, or the President of an organization that is creating sustainable clean water wells for the entire 3rd country population! Living life in the real world can be tough, and at times, it does feel like your only purpose is to work, eat and pay the bills, but with the right perspective and a few practical lifestyle tips on how to manage the daily grind, you CAN find happiness and genuine life purpose, without even looking for it. Here are my top 5 tips to finding purpose every day simply by living your life:
Take Care of Your Basic Needs to Be Happy.
Your body has 60 trillion cells to take care of. If you are not feeding your body what it needs to function at optimal levels, and you are not getting enough sleep, then your brain actually suffers-your cognitive clarity is foggy, and your emotions are more prone to depression, which can lead you to a deeply false sense of sadness. Educating yourself on how your body works and what it needs to be healthy, can create a new sense of self purpose and focus without you even realizing it’s happening. Taking care of your body and brain is a full time job, and when you feel good about how your machine is working, you find satisfaction in keeping it running smoothly, allowing for new experiences such as healthy meditation and heightened nutrition, which both lead to a sense of purposeful self-worth.
Be Grateful For Your Job.
Sitting in your office, staring at your computer screen all day while making money for someone else may not seem like your idea of being able to find purpose, but when you think about the reason you are doing it, you might be able to see all that your job affords you to do. Vacations, entertainment, clothing, shelter, food, sports, your membership at the gym. . .you are able to enjoy the little things in life because of your amazing job. Keeping in mind that your job does not define who you are, but does provide you with the ability to take care of yourself and can keep you grounded in self-value. So, work hard with renewed perspective on why you show up every day, and you may also find renewed purpose for performing your job well. You never know what compensation may happen when your boss notices your impeccable attitude, timeliness and work ethic.
Fitness Serves A Purpose.
Instead of wishing that your “real” identity was a rich socialite that could afford all the action sports and adventure of a James Bond or Laura Croft Tomb Raider movie, get involved in an actual fitness activity. Being physically fit is not only healthy for your body, but does wonders for your attitude. When you spend at least 30 minutes in physical activity, your endorphins kick in telling your brain that you feel good, and soon you are having a little “real life” stress escape enabling you to release built up tension and enjoy reconnecting with your muscles. For me, working out a little bit at a time lead to a lifelong passion for fitness which eventually opened up the doors of business opportunity as a trainer. Outside of simply finding daily purpose in reconnecting with your body and staying healthy, you never know what other professional and business purpose your time at the gym may lead to in the future.
Serve With Purpose.
Did you know studies have shown that when you are serving someone else, there is a physical change that takes place in your wellness? You have a body that is healthy. You have food to eat. You have a job that supplies you with the opportunity to provide those things for yourself, and being grateful for all of those factors in your life can lead you to find deeper meaning in your life-a real sense of purpose.When we are content with what we have, we are better able to see the needs of others, which can lead to being an advocate, a volunteer and a leader in an organization or movement to help better someone else’s life, raise awareness for those in need and find a personal mission (a purpose-outside of ourselves), without even realizing that’s what we are doing.Essentially, we create more happiness in our own life.
These basic tips can help you wake-up when the alarm goes off, and hit the ground running with a little more pep in your step. Finding purpose simply by living your life with a more positive perspective, a little more gratitude and a willingness to give a little more than we normally do both to ourselves and others, can help us find a deeper sense of self value and enjoy the ride we call life a little more every day.